Date: 25th January 2021
Following the launch of rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in secondary schools and colleges on 4th January, staff in primary, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools are also being offered the opportunity to take part in regular asymptomatic testing.
Therefore, I am writing to inform you that from Wednesday 27th January staff at school will begin taking part in the Government LFD Testing (Lateral Flow Device testing). This test is to determine if a person has coronavirus without displaying symptoms (asymptomatic).
Staff will take the test twice a week. This will allow us to find out if a staff member has coronavirus but displays no symptoms. This will enable us to take action.
If a LFD test shows a positive result then the staff member will need to attend a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. Whilst we are waiting for the PCR result, the bubble will have to close.
Once we have information about the staff members’ PCR test we will contact the bubble to either invite you back into school or inform you to isolate for 10 days.
If there is a need to close a bubble, we will inform you as soon as we possibly can, so please ensure we have the correct email address and phone number to contact you. We will aim to contact you on a Monday/Thursday before 8am. Also please ensure that you check the website and have downloaded the app as all information will be put on the ‘Latest News’ section.
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Please let me take this opportunity to thank you for all you are doing with the children at home. I know how difficult home learning can be, but you are all doing a fantastic job.
I am aware of how many parents have the responsibility to home school and work from home at the same time and juggling the two cannot be easy. It’s also difficult because home is not the school environment and some children do not engage in the same way. Obviously, I know how much you do teach your children as they grow, however I am also aware that you are parents and the role of teacher is not a role you ever anticipated you would need to take on under a structured timetable (wearing both hats is very tricky - and a little stressful). The discussions with staff have been great and the work being sent in has been of a very high standard, so thank you for putting so much time and effort in!
Please just do what you can. Some days you may do more than others and that is fine, please remember that family time is extremely important and so is having a break. Teachers are loving seeing what you are doing at home so please stay in touch.
If you need any support, please contact the year group email or see the ‘Supporting our Children and Families’ section on the website.
Thank you for all your support.
Miss Laura Duce
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